Everything You’ll Need to Know to Get Started:

First Steps:

Let’s say you’ve had your free 15-minute phone consultation, and we both feel like working together will be a good fit. Yay! Now what? The next step is for us to determine a date and time for our first appointment.

If it’s therapy we’re scheduling, we’ll want to find a day and time that works on an ongoing basis — that way I can protect that time slot for you (or your child) each week. If we’re scheduling testing, we’ll set up our initial intake session, and then we can go ahead and schedule all testing appointments at once, or we can schedule the first one and go from there.

Several days before our first session, I'll send you my introductory paperwork (all online) so that you can complete it prior to our first session; this way, you won’t have to arrive early to fill out paperwork. That said, we’ll review the paperwork together in our first meeting, and we’ll go over any questions you have.

Office Hours:

I see clients in my Cary, NC office on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I reserve Fridays (and occasional Saturdays) for testing. Workshops tend to be offered in the evenings, and groups are typically held either in the evening or on weekday mornings, depending on the group.   

Session Length:

Individual therapy sessions are 45 minutes long. The only exception to this is the first time we meet, which will be a 60-minute intake session (please see below for details).

If I’m working with your child in therapy, each session will begin with a brief consultation with you. During this quick check-in, you can ask questions, bring up concerns, and/or update me on progress at home or school; I’ll also use this time to keep you informed on the themes of my work with your child and things you can work on at home.

The First Session:

The first time we meet for therapy, we’ll meet for a bit longer than usual (60 minutes) in order to allow time for us to go over your intake paperwork together, for me to ask some follow-up questions, and for you to ask any questions you might have.

This is also a time for us to assess your needs and goals and create an initial treatment plan, which will be the roadmap that guides our work together.

If I’m working with your child, this initial intake session will be for you (or you and your partner), without your child present. This session will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and for me to get a sense of your concerns and goals for your child.

Frequency of Therapy Sessions:

In general, I work within a once-per-week treatment model because it’s what’s going to get you the best results. Weekly therapy provides the continuity that allows us to form a strong working alliance, for you to feel supported between sessions, and for us to partner actively towards your goals.

The same is true for child therapy; it’s going to be important for your child to come to therapy often enough to feel safe and comfortable and do the work s/he needs to do.

That said, there are times when once a week isn’t the best fit. For example, toward the end of therapy, once you’ve met the goals you set out to accomplish, sometimes coming to therapy every other week for a few sessions as we prepare to end our work together can be helpful; it allows you space to take your therapy gains into the real world and prove to yourself that you’ve got this. There might also be times when, at the beginning of treatment or during a particularly hard time, you might want or need to come to therapy twice a week.

I will do my best to meet your needs in these situations. Otherwise, though, we’ll plan to meet on a weekly basis, during your protected weekly time.

Cancellation Policy:

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please give at least 48 hours notice of your cancellation in order to avoid being charged the full session fee. I will do my best to reschedule if you’d like to do so, or we can schedule a phone or teletherapy session in lieu of your regular appointment that week.

Fees:

Therapy:

  • Initial Intake Session (60 minutes): $220

  • Individual Therapy Session (45 minutes): $165

  • In-home Consultation for New Moms (60 minutes): $250

Testing:

  • Early Kindergarten Entry Testing: $650

  • Psycho-educational Evaluation: $1250

  • Social-Emotional Evaluation: $1500

  • ADHD Evaluation: $875

Parenting:

  • 60-minute Consultation: $220

  • 90-minute Consultation: $330

  • Circle of Security® Parenting (COS-P):

    • COS-P Groups: $60 per session (8 sessions total; 1.5 hours each)

    • COS-P Individual or Couple, 45-minute sessions: $165 per session (8 sessions total)

    • COS-P Individual or Couple, 60-minute sessions: $220 per session (8 sessions total) These longer sessions give us more time to really dig into the material together; if you find that you’d like to upgrade to a full hour, you can always do so.

Groups:

Speaking/Training/Presentations/Workshops: These will be billed at my hourly rate of $220 per hour + an additional $250 fee for preparation and transportation (additional transportation fees apply if more than 25 miles from my Cary, NC office).

If you have concerns about these costs, please contact me to discuss further. I am also happy to provide referrals to other providers.

Payment

Payment is due at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, check, or credit card payment through my secure online system, Simple Practice. 

Insurance

I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. This means that I don’t bill your insurance directly. I will, however, provide you with a superbill (which is an insurance-specific receipt) for any services rendered. You can then submit this superbill to your insurance company — insurance companies will typically reimburse you for a portion of your expenses from therapy or testing. That said, different insurance companies reimburse at different rates, so you’ll need to contact your insurance company directly to better understand your out-of-network benefits for mental health services. For more information about insurance and a list of questions to ask your insurance company, click here.